[SOLVED] Will adding a 1Gbit/s PCIe card increase download speeds from Steam?

gingerninja252

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Hello!

I have fibre internet at around 70 ish MB/s. Steam only ever downloads things at max 9.4MB/s. Is this because the onboard networking on my MOBO can only accept 9.4MB/s or is it another reason? Will adding a newtwork card and plugging my ethernet cable into that increase download speeds?

Cheers.
 

USAFRet

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No.
The overall speed comes from your ISP.

Now we get into megabits vs megabytes.
Your ISP reports in megabits. Here, 70Mb/s.
Steam reports in megabytes. Here, 9.4 MB/s.

Note the small b vs big B.
Megabits - megabytes.
8:1 ratio.

9.4 * 8 = 75.

You are getting exactly (even a little over) what you should be.

There is nothing to fix, nothing to add.
 

USAFRet

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No.
The overall speed comes from your ISP.

Now we get into megabits vs megabytes.
Your ISP reports in megabits. Here, 70Mb/s.
Steam reports in megabytes. Here, 9.4 MB/s.

Note the small b vs big B.
Megabits - megabytes.
8:1 ratio.

9.4 * 8 = 75.

You are getting exactly (even a little over) what you should be.

There is nothing to fix, nothing to add.
 

kanewolf

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Hello!

I have fibre internet at around 70 ish MB/s. Steam only ever downloads things at max 9.4MB/s. Is this because the onboard networking on my MOBO can only accept 9.4MB/s or is it another reason? Will adding a newtwork card and plugging my ethernet cable into that increase download speeds?

Cheers.
What performance do you get from speedtest.net ?
9 MB/s is approximately 100Mbit/s
Check the link speed of your wired connection -- https://www.windowscentral.com/how-determine-wi-fi-and-ethernet-connection-speed-windows-10
 

gingerninja252

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No.
The overall speed comes from your ISP.

Now we get into megabits vs megabytes.
Your ISP reports in megabits. Here, 70Mb/s.
Steam reports in megabytes. Here, 9.4 MB/s.

Note the small b vs big B.
Megabits - megabytes.
8:1 ratio.

9.4 * 8 = 75.

You are getting exactly (even a little over) what you should be.

There is nothing to fix, nothing to add.

Well damn. Thanks anyway though, can't believe I didn't notice the little b.
 

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